COVID-19 cases on the rise in Bexar County schools, data shows

Case totals in Bexar County public schools have increased sharply in November

Attendance clerk Amanda Garza, left, passes a computer to student Joshua Chavez, right, as administrators and teachers pass out schedules, computers, and calculators to some of the 1,900 students at Southside High School, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in San Antonio. Southside will begin the year with remote teaching and has added hotspots to the school district to help students without access to the internet. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Attendance clerk Amanda Garza, left, passes a computer to student Joshua Chavez, right, as administrators and teachers pass out schedules, computers, and calculators to some of the 1,900 students at Southside High School, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in San Antonio. Southside will begin the year with remote teaching and has added hotspots to the school district to help students without access to the internet. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

SAN ANTONIO – Cases of COVID-19 continue to rise across the state and those numbers have been reflected in Bexar County’s public school districts.

Data from the Texas Department of Health and Human Services and the Texas Education Agency show San Antonio’s three largest school districts have all seen sharp increases in reported positive cases in November.

These cumulative figures have been tabulated by the state since July 27.

Northside ISD reported 191 student and 161 staff cumulative cases in the state’s last report for the week ending on Nov. 15.

  • 113 of the student cases were in grades 7-12.
  • As of Nov. 8, NISD had reported 130 student and 117 staff cases.
  • As of Nov. 1, the district reported 95 student and 100 staff cases.

While the cumulative number naturally increases with every reporting period, the weekly numbers show how large or small these increases are. In Northside’s case:

  • There were 35 new student cases from Nov. 1-8. That figure spiked to 61 new student cases from Nov. 8-15, almost doubling the previous week.
  • Staff cases went from 17 new cases in the Nov. 1-8 report to 44 new staff cases from Nov. 8-15.

Northside is not alone in seeing these increases. North East ISD reported 136 student and 81 staff cumulative cases in the Nov. 15 report.

  • 70 of those student cases were in grades 7-12.
  • The state failed to add the district’s data for Nov. 8, but the NEISD website shows 15 new student cases and 17 new staff cases.
  • On Nov. 1, NEISD reported 83 cumulative student and 53 staff cases.
  • It’s an increase of 53 student and 28 staff cases over two weeks.

San Antonio ISD reported 77 student and 80 staff cumulative cases on the Nov. 15 report.

  • 36 of those student cases have been from early education.
  • On Nov. 8, SAISD reported 55 student and 57 staff cases.
  • On Nov. 1, the district reported 40 student and 46 staff cases.
  • SAISD is the largest district to have reported more staff than student cases.

Comal ISD has seen a spike in cases this month. The district reported 183 student cases and 49 staff cumulative cases on Nov. 15.

From Nov. 8-15, the district reported 52 new student cases compared to 39 the week before.

Comal ISD started in-person learning on Aug. 25 while Bexar County school districts were not allowed to start until after Sept. 7.

Despite the spike in COVID cases across the state and in the classroom, officials with Northside and Northeast ISD told KSAT on Nov. 18 they did not have any plans to roll back in-person instruction, which has already been largely re-opened for any students who want to return.

NEISD spokesperson Aubrey Chancellor said at the time the “vast majority” of cases they have seen through their contact tracing efforts have come from off-campus.

Below is a look at the cumulative case totals for Bexar County public school districts.

These totals are from the state heath department and TEA.

The state did not release a report this week due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Officials say the next report will have two weeks worth of case totals.

Alamo Heights

  • Nov. 15: 23 students, 11 staff
  • Nov. 8: 19 students, 10 staff
  • Nov. 1: 13 students, 8 staff

Boerne

  • Nov. 15: 59 students, 36 staff
  • Nov. 8: 46 students, 29 staff
  • Nov. 1: 36 students, 19 staff

Comal

  • Nov. 15 - 183 students, 49 staff
  • Nov. 8 - 131 students, 37 staff
  • Nov. 1 - 92 students, 27 staff

East Central

  • Nov. 15 - 28 students, 17 staff
  • Nov. 8 - 24 students, 16 staff
  • Nov. 1 - 16 students, 12 staff

Edgewood

  • Nov. 15 - 8 students, 32 staff
  • Nov. 8 - 6 students, 24 staff
  • Nov. 1 - 2 students, 21 staff

Fort Sam

  • Nov. 15 - 0 students, 2 staff
  • Nov. 8 - 0 students, 1 staff
  • Nov. 1 - 0 students, 1 staff

Harlandale

  • Nov. 15 - 27 students, 25 staff
  • Nov. 8 - 25 students, 21 staff
  • Nov. 1 - 19 students, 13 staff

Judson

  • Nov. 15 - 27 students, 21 staff
  • Nov. 8 - 20 students, 17 staff
  • Nov .1 - 15 students, 16 staff

Lackland

  • No case numbers reported on Nov. 1, Nov. 8, Nov. 15

Medina Valley

  • Nov. 15 - 23 students, 10 staff
  • Nov. 8 - 18 students, 5 staff
  • Nov. 1 - 11 students, 3 staff

North East

  • Nov. 15 - 136 students, 81 staff
  • Nov. 8 - State did not fill in case numbers. NEISD reported 15 new student cases and 17 new staff cases for this period.
  • Nov. 1 - 83 students, 53 staff

Northside

  • Nov. 15 - 191 students, 161 staff
  • Nov. 8 - 130 students, 117 staff
  • Nov. 1 - 95 students, 100 staff

Randolph

  • No case numbers reported on Nov. 1, Nov. 8, Nov. 15

San Antonio

  • Nov. 15 - 77 students, 80 staff
  • Nov. 8 - 55 students, 57 staff
  • Nov. 1 - 40 students, 46 staff

Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City

  • Nov. 15 - 48 students, 34 staff
  • Nov. 8 - 44 students, 31 staff
  • Nov. 1 - 37 students, 29 staff

Somerset

  • Nov. 15 - 28 students, 13 staff
  • Nov. 8 - 18 students, 11 staff
  • Nov. 1 - 10 students, 11 staff

South San Antonio

  • Nov. 15 - 9 students, 13 staff
  • Nov. 8 - Suppressed report
  • Nov. 1 - Suppressed report

Southside

  • Nov. 15 - 17 students, 12 staff
  • Nov. 8 - 15 students, 7 staff
  • Nov. 1 - 8 students, 6 staff

Southwest

  • Nov. 15 - 22 students, 21 staff
  • Nov. 8 - 18 students, 15 staff
  • Nov. 1 - 13 students, 13 staff

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